‘It’s a special gift for us,’ Says Retired Principal

April 10, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, in Calgary. (Jerry Wu/The Epoch Times)

CALGARY, Canada—Aka and Nestor Papish celebrated their wedding anniversary by attending Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Monday evening.

“It’s a special gift for us and we’re very pleased,” said Mrs. Papish, a retired middle school principal, explaining that their children bought them the tickets.

“It’s absolutely excellent,” she said, praising the performance of the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company.

Besides the dancing, which she called “very intricate,” Mrs. Papish was also enchanted by the colourful costumes and the animated backdrops used throughout the performance.

“When we talk about the backdrop, that’s an animation I’ve never seen before,” she said.

“So it’s really beautiful the way the figures come out of the backdrop and the scene is different for every single piece—it’s a different scene in the back.”

Having the emcees explain the background before each scene was also helpful for Mrs. Papish and added to her experience enjoying Shen Yun.

Mr. Papish, formerly a geologist and currently a real estate agent, also had high praise to give.

His enjoyment of the production began the moment the curtain went up to showcase the first dance piece which presented the audience with a scene of utmost beauty.

“The opening was fantastic with the red dragon and those drums at the beginning—just terrific,” he said.

Reporting by Fany Qiu and Omid Ghoreishi.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next travel to Edmonton for two shows at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Apr. 10 and 11.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.